How is my race 1 week away!!! It came up so fast! Now the doubt sets in. Did I do enough, did I push hard enough, did I, did I, did I…… STOP! YES, I DID. My coach Emily could sense the doubt and sent me a lovely text last night reminding me, “nothing but positivity from here on out” She gave me a some wonderful reminders:
- Come up a with your mental game plan of how you’re going to think…
- Strong, Positive thoughts the entire race
- You will get uncomfortable during this race, that’s O.K. Don’t focus on that….
- Focus on the good, fun race energy surrounding you and use it
- Have fun. When the race is getting tough….
- Take a deep breath
- Shake your arms out
- Mentally reset
Since my last update, 3 weeks ago, I’ve had a few bad runs due to heat and eating WAAAAY too much before a run, but overcoming these obstacles is what makes you stronger because you pushed through them anyway. I’ve also had some incredible runs that boosted my confidence and helped me see this sub 60 goal is attainable.
I had my first 6 mile run on the schedule and have to say, it was one of the best runs I’ve ever had. I started out a little late in the day and was worried I wouldn’t finish before sunset. I didn’t want to be alone on the trail, but I was determined to make it happen and I did. Do you ever have one of the moments when you are so proud of yourself, even if it’s for something small, that you get a little emotional? That was me in the dark as my Garmin hit mile 6!
Most of my speed sessions have been awesome. I’ve come to LOVE the track. (never thought those words would come out of my mouth!) I’ve had success on the track and I’m starting to really appreciate it.
6 x 400m repeats…… can you say chest on FIRE!!! But I pushed through as I know how critical these sessions are to get me to my goal as well as make me mentally tougher.
Next up….the worse 6 miles of my life. It may officially be Fall, but not here in Northern California. We are still getting 90º days and it’s been challenging. Not sure what I was thinking, but ate a Chipotle burrito about 2 hours before this run. I guess I was thinking it would settle before then, but NOPE, vurps all the way through this run. (gross) It was HOT, I had water, but it didn’t really matter. I was in the sun for the first part of my run and it zapped my energy. I just wanted this run over. I took to the streets on the way back because I knew it would be shaded, but sidewalks, uuug. I stopped more times then I wanted, struggled through, but got it done.
Can you see the misery in my face. And I hated my shorts so that was effected my mood too. All my Belcorva’s were dirty 🙁
So one bad run, the next one will be good, right? Not today!! Second Speed Session was a 2 mile Tempo run at a 9.20 pace. I told my coach I would do 3 miles as my last speed session was so successful and I wanted the challenge. Again 90º, but this time I went to the other end of the trail as it’s more shaded. Didn’t matter. Hot is hot. I was not able to hold that pace for a mile without stopping to rest, breath and drink water. I know I’m capable of holding that pace, but my body was telling me otherwise, so I needed to listen, do what I could and keep it to the original 2 miles.
Had my Belcorva shorts this time at least so that was one less thing to be frustrated about.
I wasn’t going to let this get me down. I know what I’m capable of, I still did the run and I didn’t give up. I asked Emily for another speed session as I wanted to redeem myself, so she gave me a small ladder workout and I was happy since my track work had thus far been good.
Since I would be on a track with lots of people, I decided to outsmart the sun and do this run at sunset…..awwwww so much more pleasant and I KILLED that Ladder workout. Kept to the paces Emily gave me or faster and finished my last 400m and 200m faster then the first ones. YES, confidence is back and I feel STRONG.
On the schedule is two more easy 3 miles runs Monday and Wednesday, then it’s race weekend. Since getting my sub 60 10K is my priority on Sunday, Emily made me promise to use the 5K Saturday as a fun, shakeout run. I agreed, but I have to be honest, is going to be hard, but I’ll do it as I’ve put too much work in to burn my legs out and once again not meet my goal.
O.K. that’s the latest! I’m super excited and pumped for this weekend and I’m happy to have you along for the journey. Oh, and if you just happen to be in downtown San Jose on Sunday on the Alameda, I could really use the support there as that’s where the ONE and ONLY hill is, right before the finish line (insert eye roll here)